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24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

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5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

A royal wedding is a big deal and William and Kate are now officially married. The day will be filled with hoity toity teas, meets and greets, formal clothing and good manners. But tonight, I like to believe the British Royals and their closest friends (along with most of British society) will let loose in a crazy celebratory dance party. Here are 5 one-hit wonder songs that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving. They’re classics. … Read entire article »

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1984 One-Hit Wonders

1984 One-Hit Wonders

A quick glance at the one-hit wonders of 1984 and it’s obvious new wave music (or modern music or alternative music) broke through in a big way in the year George Orwell and Apple computers made famous. Of the 20 one-hit wonders from 1984, six of them were from new wave or alternative music bands (“99 Luftballoons” by Nena, “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk, “My Ever Changing Moods” from Paul Weller and the Style Council, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists

What’s a One-Hit Wonder?

What’s a One-Hit Wonder?

What is a one-hit wonder? That’s a question I’m asked often at Top One-Hit Wonders.com. One-hit wonders are wonderful things. Or obnoxious things. Sometimes they’re both. When it comes to music, my definition of a one-hit wonder is a song by an artist that only hits the Billboard Top 40 one time in their career. Need a few examples? Classic One-Hit Wonders “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors is a classic one-hit wonder. A huge new wave/pop hit in … Read entire article »

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The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

A heavy metal band from Ireland with a black lead singer/bassist (the late Phil Lynott, RIP 1986), Thin Lizzy was truly unique. They are also another one of those artists that radio forgets recorded and played more than one song, in this case, “The Boys are Back in Town.” Other great songs include “Jailbreak” (at least Ariel, my pathetic bar band on Kauai thought “Jailbreak” was great when we were butchering it every night as … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I’m breaking my own rules here today by highlighting a song that many would consider a one-hit wonder, but did not actually reach the Billboard Top 40. The inspiration is a question by one-hit wonders fan, Jane Doe 123 (somehow I think that is not Jane’s name on her birth certificate) where she asks: “What was that one song ( I don’t know the name or artist/band ) where in the music video he is in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Rock